A suit uses human heat to support plastic-eating larvae #WearableWednesday
We recently learned about super worms eating plastic. The Inxect Suit wants to take that one step further and harvest the worms for food. A wearable life support system that produces food from plastic my sound a little dystopic but could prove functional.
Simply put, the Inxect Suit adds all these components into one calculation: a space suit. The Inxect Suit is equipped with a central reservoir for holding and feeding mealworms our plastic waste. In order to maintain ideal temperatures for the terrarium, the Inxect Suit captures heat produced by the human in the suit. Once done digesting, the mealworms become food for the astronaut in a process with a minute carbon footprint.
The symbiotic relationship between a human body and a mealworm colony may not be anything you had planned for your future. However, it does effectively address plastic pollution and the future challenges of sourcing viable protein options. Plus, it’s a waste-free process since mealworm excrement can be used as a fertilizer and discarded exoskeletons are being studied in the production of bio-based plastics.
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